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What if tragedy and unhappiness are nothing but a rumor, cemented into our consciousness by years of faulty conditioning?

“Nothing in life is to be feared.
It is only to be understood.”
–Marie Curie

Most of us think life is some sort of boot camp for heaven. We believe this short life span is “only a test” for the paradise we’re eventually going to earn. If we hang on and bear up, we’ll someday walk through those pearly gates and be happy. These errors in thinking have been condensed into living facts. Nothing is plainer than the inevitably of sorrows and trials.

But what if it isn’t necessary? What if these is no reason to be poor? Or sick? Or anything but living an abundant, exciting life? What if these tragic, difficult lives are nothing but a rumor, cemented into our consciousness by years and years of conditioning?

What I’d like to suggest is this heaven you’re waiting for is available now. And that you’ve been sold a bill of goods about who you are and what is possible.

The way I see it, there are only four reasons we aren’t all joyous, loving and free.

1. We didn’t know we could be.

2. We didn’t ask.

3. We don’t use our mind power properly. If you’ve ever been in a sailboat, you know that unless you hold the sails in the right position, you’re pretty much stuck paddling in circles. The wind, like your mind is a potent energy source, but it won’t take you anywhere until you learn the proper way to use it.

4. We have a thing about drama. Ever wonder why rollers coasters are so popular? Why movies like Alien v. Predator boost ticket sales? C’mon, admit it. You crane your neck around to see those mangled bodies lying there along the side of the road after a car accident. You actually like being a little off-kilter and guess what? As long as you enjoy this, you get to have it.

This may be a hard pill to swallow, but we—you and me—made the mess we call material reality.

If you look very closely as what we politely assume to be the building blocks of the universe, you’ll discover they’re dicey at best. Or to put it another way, since renowned physicist Brian Greene is much better at explaining these thing than I am, “quantum fluctuations so mangle space and time that the conventional ideas of left/right, backward/forward, up/down and before/after become meaningless.” In other words, we experience war and global warming because that’s what we’ve come to expect, what we think of as reality. We created these disasters with our angry, fearful consciousness. The exciting thing about this truth (that it’s us, not some random misogynist named God) is that another way IS possible. We do not have to accept war and sickness and injustice. We, by changing our consciousness, can create a peaceful world that works for everyone. In fact, looking for anything else is irresponsible.

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

12 Responses

  1. So hard, Pam. So hard to see the world this way when you are living with a person who sees the world the opposite. It sometimes seems like every attempt to look at the world in this new and empowering way is beaten down, destroyed, shattered by one who feels intent upon dwelling in the misery. There is always an excuse in the house, and the excuse is “God hates me” “I can’t do anything” etc. And I wonder how long I have to live with that.

    1. Dear sweet Ferox,

      I understand that radical shifts in consciousness have not, up until now, appeared easy, but here’s what I suggest: focus on any little bit of goodness or peace or love you can find. It’s swirling all around. Ask for the eyes to see it and the resolve to stand firm until it shows up in living form.

      I send you love and blessings,


  2. I love it Pam and yes I do try to see the beauty in everything and everyone, no matter how difficult it may be. Throw me a curve ball, it takes me a few minutes to see the greatness in it and know that it’s all good. I am going to write a blog about this tomorrow. Thanks, I just love your blogs and joy. Light, Love, Peace and Angel Hugs filled with Joy to you <3

  3. I loved this post! I feel like our collective “victim mentality” is causing many of us sadness and strife! We blame “them” (or something outside us) for what “they” did TO us for our pain or misfortune. I feel this denies our ability to chose love, peace and forgiveness.

    My only stumbling block with adopting this view 100% is this comment: “What if these tragic, difficult lives are nothing but a rumor, cemented into our consciousness by years and years of conditioning?”

    What then about a child who has cancer or is in severe pain due to an injury? I know this is a sensistive topic, but I would love to hear what your thoughts are on this. Thank you for writing such a thought provoking post! I am always eager to expand my mind, especially if it brings me more Peace! :o)

    1. Wow! Great insight. And I’ve spent many an hour wondering that very same thing–about the kid with cancer or the person in physical pain. My understanding at this point (and it’s open to expansion) is that the world is so much bigger than anything I am able to correctly interpret and that my job is to work on myself, to love as much as I can and to offer help wherever I can.

  4. Yes, I fully agree Pam. But who are we to judge who is responsible and who isn’t? I mean it is irresponsible to act on certain negative things if we truly are conscious that, that is what we will create. But what about those who are not aware, who can’t see? We can’t force them to see. I mean it has been my past experience that if I try to make anyone to see anything my way, most of the time I make them even more blind, maybe even angry. Sometimes I just roll with it and smile because of this. What I like to call the practice of “conscious humility” when I can, which isn’t an easy thing to do. Wouldn’t you say that most of the great discoveries of humanity have come to us by grace? I know they have for me at least, like the discovery of you Pam and your awesome book. Which has open my eyes even more so to what is already there.

    1. This is SO true! I have found we (and others) must be open and it does no good and perhaps even harm to be forceful in our attempts to awaken others to a “better way”… we do best to just accept the path of peace for ourselves and extend grace. 🙂 Well said!

  5. I love the idea that looking for anything else (other than a peaceful world that works for everyone) is irresponsible. That’s the thought I’m taking with me today. Thank you, Pam!

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